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Pesticide laced roti claims six lives in Dhading

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Six people from a family died and 20 others became sick apparently after consuming toxin laced rotis, at Pida-8 of Tukun in Dhading locale on Sunday.

According to the District Police Office (DPO), Dhading, the deceased have been identified as Santa Bahadur Tamang, 60; his daughter in-law Fulmaya, 25; and grandchildren Sabita, 7; Arjun, 5; Ramesh, 5; and Sanu Kanchhi, 2.

The two-year-old breathed her last on the way to the hospital, while others died sometime during treatment.

Among the victims, 15 of them were referred to Kathmandu for treatment; four are undergoing treatment at Shiva Jyoti Hospital, Balkhu, while the rest have been admitted to Manmohan Memorial Hospital, Swoyambhu.

As per Dr Ram Prasad Shrestha, therapeutic chief of Manmohan Memorial Hospital, six of the 11 patients are in the emergency unit. One is said to be in critical condition.

Santa had washed the wheat grain laced with pesticide before taking it to a crushing plant. He had also left two manas of flour as payment to the plant holder Tilak Bahadur Dong.

Tragedy struck the Syangtan family when they consumed rotis made by crushing wheat seeds laced with pesticide.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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